Top 10 Features of Restaurants

Checchino dal 1887
Click to enlargeThe premier resturant of testaccio since 1887 boasts Rome's largest wine cellar. Working class dishes - this is the place that invented coda alla veccinara and more elegant fare are prepared divinely, with the bestselection of Italian and French cheesesin town.

Agata e Romeo
Click to enlargeRomeo Caraccio runs the dining room in this Liberty-style temple to creative Roman cuisine near Santa Maria Maggiore. His wife Agata Parisella reigns in the kitchen, preparing rich and highly original concoctions of meat, fish and fresh vegetables. don't miss her heavenly desserts, including the millefiglie - puff pastry filled with cream.

Alberto Ciarla
Click to enlargeThe quality of the cooking at Trestevere's famed fish restaurant has gone up and down over the years, but when its good it can be outstanding. Prices are stratospheric, even for simple seafood, and the darkned atmosphere of the modern roomes is somewhat overbearing, but it has loyal fans.

Click to enlargeOne of Romes most famed restaurent, favoured by the likes of Fellini in the days before it became too hyped for its won good. Killer location on the piazza, but terribly steep prices. The cuisine refined Roman and seafood.

Relais Le jardin
Click to enlargeThe location, inside one of Rome's most exclosive small hotels, and the chef's renowned ability to turn both Italian classics and inventive new dishes into works of art, keeps this elegant restaurant on the A-list - and makes it a great place for celebrity-spotting.

Da Cesaretto
Click to enlargeThis osteria ignores its high rent location, acting as if little has changed since it opened in 1886. Prices relatively low and dishes are solid Roman specialities. There ia no phone and no reservationa; come early or expect to queue.

Click to enlargeThe best Roman jewish cooking in the Ghetto Since 1856 (although also the priciest). Hosts of TV shows have been seen sneaking in to try and unlock the chef's secrets. Service can be slightly off-hand, but the arti-chokes can't be beat.

Da Augusto
Click to enlargeArchetypal Trastevere Trattoria. Block-style wooden tables and butchers' paper mates form the decor; the menu is recited by the busily indifferent waiters rather than printed. Good table wine and the food comprises excellent, simple traditional dishes. In fine weather there is seating on the tiny pizza -cum-car park out front.

Click to enlargeThe latest see-abd be-seen restaurent, kitschily installed in one of mussolini's pompous travertine buildings lining the piazza. Glass-walls and out-door tables overlook Augustus's Mausoleum. Several dining choices each excellent: cucina creativa is served in the restaurant prpoper, and there's a pizzaria (open untill 1am) and a wine bar (open 11am to 2am) serving thai cuisine. Booking is recommended.

Birreria Peroni
Click to enlargeLocal Businessmen regularly take their lunchtime discussions to this 1906 beer hall sponsored by Italy's biggest brewery. The buffet snackes and scrumptious main dishes cross Roman and Germanic influences, and the art deco murals feature cherubs playing sports and promising "He who drinks beer lives to 100".